A list of appearances, programs, book signings, etc.
More events are being discussed and planned. Check back often for updates. Times are local to the event.
Note: At all upcoming events, I’ll be sharing a table with my wife, author Kimberly S. Hoffman. Check out her children’s books!
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13: Imaginaium Convention, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, KY. An all-weekend fiesta of writing, gaming, film, etc. A description of the panels on which I will be serving as a guest, along with some other knowledgeable folks:
How to Get Along with Editors – Tips on how to build a trusting and productive working relationship with your editor. (Fri 4:30 pm in room Derby)
Research Done Right – How to effectively do productive and correct research prior to writing your story. (Sun. 9 am in room Derby)
Non-Fiction Writing – Ways to correctly write a true non fiction story. (Sun. 11:30 am in room Derby)
Walking in Another’s Shoes – Writing character POVs, how far to push the stereotype without offending. (man writing woman) (writing older or younger characters) (race or religion) (Sun. 2 pm in room Heartland)
Friday, Nov. 8: Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205, 3:30-9 p.m. Tons of vendors … and I mean tons!
Saturday, Nov. 9: Wild Geese Bookshop, book signing, 10 a.m. to noon. 107 S. Water St., Franklin, IN 46131, (317) 494-6545.
Saturday, Dec. 7: Holiday Craft & Gift Show, Greenwood High School, 615 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood, IN, 46143, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 120 vendors showcasing all sorts of great stuff.
Thursday, March 26: Columbus Women’s Expo, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus, IN, time TBA.
July 11: Book signing, Edinburgh Wright-Hageman Public Library, 119 W. Main Cross St., Edinburgh, Indiana
Aug. 1: Book signing/extravaganza. Wine, cheese, jazz music, a talk by me on the making of the Buddy book, Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, 5407 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
Aug. 4: Private book signing, Hoffman/Hoffmann family reunion, Clintonville, Wis.
Aug. 11: Book signing, Starbucks, 1585 N. National Road, Columbus, Indiana
Aug. 16: Book signing/program, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus, Indiana
Sept. 23: Fox-6 TV in Milwaukee, 8:45 a.m. LIVE, in-studio interview with Brad Hicks on the Weekend Wake Up Show.
Sept. 25: Book signing/program, Wauwatosa Public Library, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Oct. 6: Featured speaker at The 2012 Writers Conference at the Crump Theatre, 425 Third St., Columbus, Indiana. Sponsored by Pen It! Magazine. Spoke on journalism and a little on my book.
Oct. 13, Program/book signing at the Rosebud Cinema Drafthouse, 6823 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Jan. 8, Wauwatosa Historical Society event: program and book signing, First Congregational Church, 1511 Church St., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Jan. 23, Private book club event in Franklin, Indiana.
Jan. 23, Book signing at 66 Water Street Arts Cafe, 66 S. Water St., Franklin, Indiana.
March 19, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program at the UWM School of Continuing Education, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. (The Plankinton Building), Milwaukee.
March 21, Program at Wauwatosa Hart Park Senior Center, 7300 W. Chestnut St., Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
June 22, July 20 and Aug. 17, at the Bartholomew County Writers Group table at The Columbus City Farmers Market. Columbus, Indiana.
Aug. 19, 7 p.m., multimedia presentation/book signing at Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus, IN 47201. (812) 378-0377. Also a benefit for the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Care Center, a nonprofit agency helping out folks in central Columbus. Experts spoke on societal subjects that are introduced in the book.
Nov. 9, Greenwood (Ind.) Public Library local author fair. 310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, Indiana.
June 16: Presenting at the Central Indiana Writers Association monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Greenwood, Indiana.
Sept. 27: Edgerton (Wis.) Sterling North Book and Film Festival, Edgerton High School. Several authors and film types gave presentations, and many more sold books. I gave presentations on my book. The event is named for Thomas Sterling North, an author who went by Sterling North professionally and was born on the shores of Lake Koshkonong, a few miles from Edgerton, Wisconsin, in 1906.
April 25: Presented “RESEARCHING NONFICTION: From personal interviews to document discovery” at the Spring Writers Conference, at the Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus, Indiana. Info: Debi Stanton, 812-371-4128 or email@example.com
July 18: Taught a class at AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, 234 Brook St. Unit 2, Waukesha, WI 53188. Title was: “RESEARCHING NONFICTION AND TURNING IT INTO FICTION.”
Nov. 21: Author’s Fair at the Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN
April 3: I read about Vivian Carter, a pioneering African-American deejay and record producer during a book launch event for Louise Hillery’s “Bold Women in Indiana” at Hotel Indigo, 400 Brown St., Columbus, IN
April 9: I was part of a panel for the Young Authors & Illustrators Forum, for kids age 10 and up, at the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus, IN.
May 28: Pen It! Publications Authors Fair, Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Edinburgh, Indiana.
Oct. 7-9: Imaginaium Convention, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky. Served as a panel expert at the following sessions: Historical Writing; New Author Boot Camp; Faith in Fiction; Breaking into Freelance Writing; Homonyms, Semi-Colons, Serial Commas, Oh My!
June 26: Program/book signing at Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN
June 27: Program/book signing at the Harlequin Theatre, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus, IN
Aug. 5: PenIt! Publications Day. Bartholomew County Pubic Library, I spoke on researching and writing nonfiction.
Aug. 12 and Aug. 19: Signature Saturday Authors Event at Viewpoint Books
Oct. 6-8: Imaginaium Convention, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Served as a panel expert for the second consecutive year, this time on the following panels: Finding Inspiration for Stories, Non-Fiction, and Fantastic First Lines.
Oct. 14: Greenwood Public Library Local Authors Fair.
Oct. 21: Half Price Books, Greenwood. Book signing.
Oct. 28: Friends of the Brookfield Public Library Meet the Author event
Nov. 18: Half Price Books, Bloomington. Book signing
Nov. 19: Book Signing at River City Winery Franklin Tasting Room.
Dec. 7: Program at Meridian Kiwanis Club meeting, Columbus, Indiana. My wife and I spoke on our journeys as writers.
Dec. 21: Program at Meridian Kiwanis Club meeting, Columbus, Indiana. I spoke on “Wicked Columbus, Indiana.”
April 14: 8th Annual Kentuckiana Authors Fair, La Grange Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St., La Grange, Ky.
July 21: Local Authors Rock! Bartholomew County Public Library , Columbus, IN.
Oct. 5-7: Imaginaium Convention, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, KY. Served as guest panelist on the following panels: Book signing etiquette, non-fiction, tips to become a freelance magazine writer.
Oct. 20: Greenwood Public Library Authors Fair, Greenwood, IN. 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 25: Columbus Past, Present & Future program at Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, Indiana.
Nov. 3: Wild Geese Bookshop, Franklin, IN, 1-3 p.m. Second anniversary celebration. Coincided with the Shop Small Saturday promotion in downtown Franklin.
Nov. 8: Pappy Wilson’s Harvest Frolic. I played the part of Homer Portnoy, a theater projectionist who gave a review of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Rope,” in this radio-style play. At The Historic Artcraft Theatre, Franklin, Indiana.
Nov. 11: Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis.
March 23: Johnson County Public Library’s inaugural local authors fair. Clark-Pleasant Branch community room, New Whiteland.
March 28: Columbus High 12 Club meeting at Sirloin Stockade, Columbus, Ind., Presentation on “Wicked Columbus, Indiana.”
Sept. 14: Local author book signing, Viewpoint Books, Columbus, Ind.